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Ritz-Carlton opens, last piece of L.A. Live complex [Updated]

Ritz CarltonThe doors open Friday to the new Ritz-Carlton Los Angeles, the last piece of the L.A. Live entertainment complex.

But only 20 of the hotel's 123 rooms will be available while crews put the finishing touches on the rest of the hotel, which opens April 15.

"It's fine-tuning," Ritz-Carlton spokeswoman Vivian Deuschl said.

The entire hotel was scheduled to open April 15, but Deuschl said guests were so excited about staying at the new hotel that 20 rooms were being opened early. 

The adjoining sister hotel, the JW Marriott, opened in January after a celebrity-choked gala that featured Jon Bon Jovi and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. But the pricier Ritz-Carlton hotel will open without fanfare, Deuschl said. She declined to report on the JW Marriott's occupancy rate so far but said it was exceeding expectations.

The Ritz-Carlton is perched on the upper floors of the 54-story tower next to L.A. Live, the $2.5-billion complex of shops, restaurants, nightclubs and theaters developed by Anschutz Entertainment Group.

WP24, the restaurant created by chef Wolfgang Puck, won't be open until mid-April, Deuschl said. [Updated 10:14 a.m.: An earlier version of this post stated that WP24 is scheduled to open in mid-May. The restaurant is expected to open in mid-April.]

-- Hugo Martin

Photo: The JW Marriott and Ritz-Carlton hotel center, part of the L.A. Live entertainment complex. Credit: Los Angeles Times

 
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